BayFest 18 delivers great music, sun and fun, and much fundraising

Our third annual BayFest entertained hundreds of festival goers in the plaza on Sunday 16th September. Among the crowd was legendary drummer and musician rights’ activist Lindy Morrison. Lindy has worked with many of our students at Waverley Council’s Bondi Wave program and presented the inaugural Lindy Morrison Young Women in Music Encouragement Award to year 11 student Mia Folli for her ‘musical skill, commitment and team work’.

Lindy Morrison with Mia Folli BayFest 2018

Playing their last ever gig at school was popular Year 12 band, Hot Heads, who performed to a very enthusiastic crowd. Other highlights of the day included the Percussion Ensemble and our newest ensemble Rose Vox, as well as stellar performances from Senior and Junior Concert Bands who didn’t miss a beat even during gale-force winds. The plaza was filled with a fun, festival atmosphere as people enjoyed the music, the sun, as well as the stalls, the food, the information stalls and drinking coffee and/or chai out of RBSC keep cups thanks to the environment committee.

This year BayFest was also supported by the Woollahra Council Community and Cultural Grants Program. We were delighted to welcome headspace, WAYS and Wayside Op Shop into the school as well as Rev Graham Anson from Wayside Chapel, Woollahra Mayor Peter Cavanagh, Cr Paul Mitchell, Cr Lucinda Regan. Also attending BayFest were Waverley Council Cr Paula Masselos, Marjorie O’Neill, ALP candidate for Coogee, and the newly-announced ALP candidate for Wentworth, Tim Murray.

A lot of effort went into the fundraising this year and our silent auction was particularly successful. Many thanks to all the people and businesses who donated items to the silent auction as well as Gelato Messina, Allpress Coffee, Nudie Juice, Bondi Chai and Harris Farm. We have only got rough sums but it’s looking like we raised $8,000 for the MEP.

A big thank you to Mr Godby, Ms Godby, Ms Vine, Mr Flack, Ms Cave, Ms Waser, Ms Westbrook, Mr Carter, Mr Waugh, Ms Moon, Mr Jimenez and all the other school staff who supported the day. We’d also like to thank Murray Jackson, David Power and Sean Windsor for their constant hard work and support.

Thanks to Phil Moore, Merran Hughes, Jayne Hughes, Sue Humberstone, Elli Faktor, Anne-Louise Falson, John Mikler and Merran Lang who put so much work into making the day a success. Andrew Grogan and his daughter Eleni who managed the finance desk. And Andrew Worssam who took these heart-stoppingly beautiful photographs all day. We’ll work out a way for you all to see them shortly.

BayFest creates a number of opportunities – our talented students perform, we showcase our bands and ensembles, and we connect our school to the local community – but it’s also a great day out. Thank you for coming and showing your support for the MEP and for the school.

We want to know what you think. Please take a few minutes to fill in our survey and tell us how you thought BayFest worked and/or could be improved. Follow the link: BayFest 18 survey


About annaconvenor

Anna McFarlane is a parent at Rose Bay Secondary College and the Chair of Rose Bay Secondary College Music Ensemble Program Subcommittee.
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